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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 23rd day of Hunting, Yr 21
The Neopian Times Week 107 > Articles > The Average Neopian

The Average Neopian

by stormydreamer

THE WORLD NEWS - According to Neopets, there are over 60 Millions users and just over 90 million Neopets. The most popular pet is the Shoyru -- 7.59% of us have one and the least popular is the Krawk -- out of 60 million, only 1,735 of us will have one. In total, the 'average' Neopian will have 1.491 pets. But is that right? I decided to pick 20 people randomly from the general chat board and ask them a series of 7 questions to try and figure out what is the 'average Neopian.' The 7 questions asked were:

1. How old are you?
2. How long have you been playing NeoPets?
3. How many pets do you have?
4. How many of them are painted?
5. Do you train any (or all) of your pets?
6. Do you own any petpets? If so, how many?
7. Do you own a gallery? If so, how much do you think you've spent on it, as a rough estimation? (To the nearest 1000 NP)
8. To you, what is the Average Neopian?

Some of the answers were quite surprising.

1. How old are you?

As you can see, the majority of the people I asked are 15 - 8 were in total, which was over double the second highest (13.) I found this quite surprising, most people assume Neopets is a children's site, and yet, none of the people I surveyed were under the age of 12 and one person I asked was almost 21!

2. How long have you been playing Neopets?

Neopets has been around since the 15th November 1999 (That's 45 months now!) but very few actually remember Neopets when it started. According to the results, the majority of people have been playing for 19-24 months and only 2 have been playing longer than 3 years. I've been playing for almost 30 months though, but then, I've only been playing Neopets seriously (Training my pets, earning money etc.) for around one year. In the last 2 years though, prices have boomed tremendously (Remember when you could buy a yellow/green/blue/red paintbrush for a mere 999 NPs?) With rates booming as they are, I believe it'll soon mean that it'll be too expensive to play Neopets.

Dragonmist82 has been playing Neopets for around 2 years now. She commented, "'I joined around 2 years ago, and its become a lot more complicated then it was when I joined -- it's become much harder for young kids to play, and is now more played by teenagers and adults."

3. How many pets do you own?

This was probably the first time my results seriously contradicted Neopets -- according to them, Neopians have on average 1.491 pets, but my results conclusively show most people have 4 pets. In fact, 75% of those surveyed had 4 or more pets. Meowth1982, when asked, said "I have 4 pets -- all happy and loved." I personally wasn't overly surprised by these results: most of the active players of Neopets have 4 pets, myself included.

4. How many of your pets are painted?

Surprisingly over almost half surveyed had either 0 or 1 pet painted, despite the majority of players having 4 or more pets. Half had painted either 3 or 4 of their pets, but many of the people questioned labbed one of their pets, and therefore placed their answer as 3. Only one person surveyed had painted over 4 pets, Kacheeky_3k. She believes she has around 25 pets and about 75% of these are painted -- many are painted through the lab or friends, however. Gaship, who has 3 painted pets, commented: "In the last year or so paintbrush prices have rocketed through the roof and the price just to make your pet a different colour is just not worth it, even though some people still do. For example, the baby paintbrush its gone from around 150k to 600k in a very small amount of time and why should people spend so much time just to buy a paintbrush?"

5. Do you train any (or all) of your pets?

Again, most people couldn't afford to train their pets, or chose not to. Many said they only trained their pets when they found a codestone or from time to time -- basically when they could afford it. I myself train all 4 of my pets, 3 by codestones and 1 by lab. However, the price of codestones, despite dropping from almost 5000 NPs to 3000 NPs, still mounts up -- it can cost up to 30,000 NPs to train your pet to level 10 before you can even start to work on the stats itself.

6. Do you own a petpet, if so, how many?

Over half of the Neopians surveyed own 4 or more petpets -- one person owned 12! In a way, petpets are cheaper than Codestones with prices starting at less than 1000 NPs It's possible to buy 4 petpets for less than 5,000 NPs where as codestones usually start at 3000. But then, petpets rapidly become more expensive with prices easily reaching over 150,000 for some petpets. Sugar6248 commented: "I like petpets. They're cute, you can paint them, and it's cool that you can have your pet talk to them, and they respond back."

7. Do you own a gallery? If so, how much do you think you've spent on it?

Galleries are quite a big part of some player's enjoyment -- many players have one (I myself have a dung gallery) but I was quite surprised by the results -- 9 people didn't have a gallery, or had to sell their gallery for various reasons. However, 11 people did have a gallery. The prices of the gallery changed rapidly, quickly reaching 200k+ for some -- one person had estimated they'd spent over a million on their plushie gallery! On average, the people surveyed (Who had a gallery) spent 108,636.4 Neopoints on their gallery(s) -- quite a lot in consideration!

8. In your opinion, what is the "average Neopian"?

So far, we have found out the majority of people surveyed have spent 108, 636.4 Neopoints on a gallery, have 4 petpets, has 4 petpets, paints and trains their pets and has been playing NeoPets for around 2 years. But does that make an average? I mean, everyone on Neopets has a different agenda -- writing, Neopoints, petpages, Battledomeā€¦ not one person will do the same thing as another. So can you create an Average Neopian? When asked, "what, in your opinion, is the 'average Neopian'?" the 20 people surveyed responded differently.

Meowth1982 responded: Hmm, the average Neopian is kind, caring and love their pets. They play with and for their pets doing anything they can to please them. They aren't concerned with having to get rich fast, as long as they have enough to take care of their pets, they have enough money.

But then Dragonmist82 responded in the opposite:
Average Neopian is someone with under 100k begs for things and have non painted pets. To me, I always imagine the average Neopian with around 2 trophies, one for cheat, around 100-150,000 in their bank and maybe a codestone lying in their inventory. They might have painted a pet, trained one or two if they're lucky and usually spends about an hour on Neopets every night.

But then, can I really say what the average Neopian is? Perhaps Trixicat08012 summed it up the best when she said:
It's hard to describe the average Neopian. Neopets has such a diverse audience, people of all ages and from all over the world. Neopians take interest in different things from the site, whether it be the Battledome, galleries, their guild, Neochat, collecting cards or stamps for their album, their NeoHome, their pets, etc. He/she could have just started playing or been on since it first came out. Such variety makes it difficult for me to describe the average Neopian.

So maybe there isn't an 'Average Neopian' -- but one things for sure -- they all play NeoPets. And enjoy it for what it is.

Authors note: Thank you to everyone who filled in the survey:
Meowth1982, garageflower, pyro_the_dragon182, kitty2003kat, penguin_dude380, li_xiao_lang, Gaship, kacheeky_3k, Clour, Dweias, dragonmist82, Trixicat08012, Sugar6248, darkswirlz, Alicewalters, Marco281, Alilya, SilentParade, cal_jbk910 and Angelbear1320.


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